After confirming a series of partnership extension earlier this year, Formula One has now announced an extension to the successful broadcast partnership with the Canal+ Group, with every session from every Grand Prix available to view on its channels in France until at least 2024.
The French TV company first broadcast Formula 1 in 2013. The partnership extension will enable fans follow every Grand Prix, plus all Free Practice and Qualifying sessions live. Moreover, Canal+ will also continue to produce its own after-race debrief and analysis programming and weekly magazine shows after a Grand Prix weekend.
As part of the agreement, sessions from four Grand Prix weekends every season will be broadcast live and free-to-view as part of the deal, including Qualifying and the Race at each French Grand Prix. Additional event highlights will also be broadcast on a free-to-view basis throughout the term.
The new agreement means that Canal+ will continue to show live coverage of every FIA Formula 2 Championship and FIA Formula 3 Championship session.
A channel-record was achieved at this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix when 1.89m viewers tuned in to follow the season-opening round. Canal+ also offers myCanal that enables fans to get even closer to the racing action by viewing onboard camera feeds, as well as oversee everything that’s happening using the car tracking feature.
Commenting on the announcement, Ian Holmes, Director of Media Rights, Formula 1, said: "We are delighted to announce an extension of our partnership with Canal+, who consistently produce Formula 1 coverage of the highest quality. Canal+ are world renowned for the excellence of their output, and we are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with them.
„France is one of Formula 1’s largest markets and is a nation rich in the history of the sport. As we prepare to enter an exciting new era for F1, we look forward to continuing our partnership together and ensuring our fans can continue to enjoy outstanding coverage of the sport.”
Maxime Saada, President, Canal+ Group, said: “We are very happy to broadcast the amazing show of the Formula 1 championship until 2024. The excellent work of our motorsport editorial team led by Thomas Sénécal as well as that of our production team pays off.
„Liberty Media’s continuous efforts regarding the Formula 1 Championship to make it more and more attractive and popular are incredibly valuable. This undoubtedly makes Formula 1 a major asset of our sports offer. Our subscribers will be thrilled that this collaboration moves forward.”